When the draw for the semi-finals of the Champions League was made, keeping Barcelona and Real Madrid apart, pundits salivated at the prospect of an ‘El Clasico’ final at Wembley. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund however, had other ideas and as a result, European club football’s top prize will be going to one of the Bundesliga giants on Saturday evening.
As German champions, Bayern are odds-on favourites at 5/6 with Ladbrokes to prevail in normal time while BetVictor post 4/1 against Dortmund and it’s 14/5 via Stan James to be all square after 90 minutes.
The latter might attract cash given that both league renewals between the two were inconclusive and similarly a repeat of the 1-1 scoreline from those stalemates might prove popular at 15/2 (BetVictor).
However, in two cup meetings it was Jupp Heynckes’s team that emerged triumphant and after they defeated Barca 7-0 on aggregate in the last four, they have to be fancied to go on and lift the trophy.
Bet365 go 11/4 about Bayern shading it by a one-goal margin and as the two teams possess a significant attacking threat, it looks likely that they will each find the net, an outcome Stan James chalk up at 4/6. In turn, that lends appeal to a 2-1 Munich success at 8/1 via BetVictor and Skybet mark 4/1 against the favourites eventually clinching victory following an even first period.
Ultimately, Heynckes’s ultra-consistent side should just have too much going forward, especially as Dortmund’s rearguard has hinted at some vulnerability in the last couple of rounds and Stan James rate the Reds at a safe-looking 8/11 to notch at least twice at Wembley.
More specifically, Arjen Robben has struck three times in his last four outings, including both legs against Barcelona, so he stands out at 5/2 with bet365 to find the net at any stage and Thomas Muller is 12/5 at Skybet to score at some point. Alternatively, the duo are 7/1 and 13/2 respectively courtesy of William Hill to break the deadlock.
Arjen Robben to score at any time – 5/2 (bet365)